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Part One below - A full listing of all events for the next 4 weeks
Part Two - Some newly notified (and updated) later events
Part Three - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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***** Part Two - some newly notified (and udpated) events beyond the end of May *****

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Harberton Folk Circular - Friday 27 May 2016

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Part One below - A full listing of all events for the next 4 weeks
Part Two - Some newly notified later events
Part Three - A festival round-up
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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27 May to 5 June 2016 - Exmouth Festival
Multi-genre including: 28/5 The O'Marleys; 29/5 Wildwood Kin; 30/5
Austin Hill ‘n’ Bayes, Roving Crows, Belshazzar's Feast; 2/6 Shanty Cruise; West Country Traditions: 4/6 (Jim Moray in the evening) & 5/6 folk singing (Dumbo's Feather), morris dancing, shanty groups, workshops, competitions and children’s activities, Full details www.exmouthfestival.org.uk.

NEW Sunday 29 May 2016 2-4pm - FOS Brothers - Drewe Arms, Drewsteignton
Playing this Sunday at the West Country Beer & Cider Festival which runs all weekend.

Tuesday 31 May 2016 - Jon Dyer & Alfie Gidley - Exmouth Folk Club, Manor Hotel, The Beacon, Exmouth EX8 2AG (map)
Special free concert with Jon Dyer and Alfie Gidley also Guy Somerfield and Austin Hill ‘n’ Bayes. Jon Dyer and Alfie Gidley are a Southwest guitar and flute duo of great virtuosity. Their great sense of humour guides you through foot-stamping celtic tunes, intricate self-penned melodies and ear-bending time signatures. The duo have performed at major UK folk festivals such as Sidmouth Folk week and Bromyard Folk Festival. They have supported headlining bands such as the Urban Folk Quartet and 4square and were New Roots finalists in 2015.

Wednesday 1 June 2016 6.30pm - Moulettes - Dartington Hall
Dartington Hall lights up its hidden, dormant and unseen spaces with a series of intimate gigs and events in secret locations. After enthralling crowds at Bestival, Glastonbury, End of the Road and Cropredy, psychedelic neo-classical folk rock collective, Moulettes bring their charismatic and idiosyncratic music style to Dartington’s famous annual event, Community Day. www.moulettes.co.uk. Free event. More details etc. www.dartington.org/whats-on/after-dark.

Thursday 2 June 2016 7pm - Shanty Cruise - from Exmouth Docks
As part of Exmouth Festival 2016, take to the water with The Exmouth Shanty Men aboard ‘Pride of Exmouth’ for a musical evening cruise on the spectacular River Exe estuary. Departing the docks at 19.00 hrs and returning app 21.00 hrs the trip costs £10.00 and all proceeds directly support the Festival. The vessel has covered and indoor decks and has a bar and snacks available for purchase. Please book early to avoid disappointment as this event has previously sold out. To book please visit www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk or phone 01395 222144.

Saturday 4 June 2016 8.30pm - Jim Moray - The Strand, Exmouth EX8 1AL
An Exmouth Festival event (free). 5 times Radio 2 Folk Awards winner Jim Moray. For all further details please visit www.exmouthfestival.org.uk or call 01395 276167.

4/5 June 2016 - Exmouth Festival’s West Country Traditions - The Strand, Exmouth (and surrounding venues) EX8 1AL
Hosted by The Exmouth Shanty Men, the weekend will be headlined by 5 times Radio 2 Folk Awards winner Jim Moray and packed with Shanty Singers, Folk singers, Morris Dancers, Steam, Heritage films, exhibits, craft demonstrations and many other fringe events in The Strand and adjacent indoor venues. 10.30am-9.30pm on Saturday and 11am-6pm on Sunday. The weekend also features lots of things for children to do and is the finale of this year’s Exmouth Festival which celebrates its 20th year and runs from Friday 27th May - Sunday 5th June. For all further details please visit www.exmouthfestival.org.uk or call 01395 276167.

Friday 3 June 2016 7.30pm - Gilmore & Roberts - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2013 nominees for best duo, Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts (brother of Kathryn) , combine astounding lap-tapping guitar, fiery fiddle and their trademark harmonies with considerable songwriting talent to make a truly distinctive sound. Conflict Tourism is their fourth. Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts noticed a common thread running through their latest crop of original songs. Conflict, whether an internal struggle between positive and negative, or a healthy body and a disease, is an everyday phenomenon captured perfectly by these 11 tracks. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Saturday 4 June 2016 2.30pm - Totnes Story Workshop - Upstairs at Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
Performance storytelling is enjoying a revival. Have you always wanted to try storytelling, but don't know where to start? Join Lisa Schneidau and Ronnie Conboy for an informal half-day workshop on how to start traditional storytelling. Aimed at adult beginners, this workshop will give you some pointers on what makes a good story, some inspiration on where to find stories, how to remember them, and some experience of telling (without notes!). We will have some fun playing with various story types, and discover how storytelling lies very close to the surface of our everyday lives. Tickets £5. You can buy tickets online at https://billetto.co.uk/storytelling-workshop-totnes. Places limited so please book early.
Saturday 4 June 2016 7.30pm - Story Slam! - Upstairs at Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
A story slam is an informal and lighthearted story-spinning contest. 8 tellers will tell their finest tales, each lasting no more than 10 minutes. The audience chooses the winner! It’s a great opportunity to hear a variety of tales from experienced and new tellers, curated by an MC. There will be time for an interval, and refreshments available at the bar. Please note this is storytelling for an adult audience - not suitable for children under 10. Tickets £5/£3. You can buy tickets online at https://billetto.co.uk/totnes-story-slam.
These events are hosted by South Devon Storytellers, who run a regular storytelling night in Totnes. They're part of the Summerlands Storytelling Festival www.summerlandsfestival.co.uk, funded by Arts Council England.

Saturday 4 June 2016 8pm - Gilmore & Roberts - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Nominated Best Duo in the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning song writing with astounding musicianship and trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Twice nominated at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (vocals, fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (vocals, guitar) have played some of the UK’s biggest acoustic festivals, toured with folk rock legends Fairport Convention and won countless accolades for their genre-spanning work. “Katriona and Jamie maintain their place at the forefront of contemporary roots-folk songwriting.” fRoots.
Details, sample etc. www.calstockarts.org.

Sunday 5 June 2016 7.45pm - Quicksilver - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
When you combine the outstanding musicianship of Grant Baynham (remember "That's Life") on guitar with the sublime voice of Hilary Spencer (Artisan, Mrs Ackroyd), then you suspect you are in for a nice concert with some humour. What you get is an hilarious evening of, well, outstanding musicianship and superb singing. It's a treat, so don't miss it!
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 5 June 2016 10.30am-2pm - d'Accord River Exe Boat Trip - Exmouth
Ticket sales deadline was Friday 20 May. Contact Phil Jesson 07582 595694 email philipjesson1[at]gmail.com. www.daccordexeter.co.uk.

Sunday 5 June 2016 7.30pm - Tir na nOg - Edgemoor Hotel, Haytor Rd, nr Bovey Tracey TQ13 9LE
Support: Crystal Jacqueline. Leo O’Kelly & Sonny Condell are two of the most original and influential songwriters and performers Ireland has ever produced. Their guitars wind and mesh gorgeously together, their voices likewise; nor can they be separated for the quality of their songwriting. They recorded three timeless albums for Chrysalis Records  in the early 70s. the label. John Peel championed the duo from the start, recording many Peel Sessions with them. They toured with bands as disparate as Jethro Tull, Procol Harum, The Who, Roxy Music and Steeleye Span in the 70s, as well as headlining their own theatre, college and club gigs, garnering a large cult following. 2015 saw the eagerly awaited release of a new studio album, their first since 1973! It has received glowing reviews. Samples etc. www.tirnanog-progfolk.com. More details, bookings (£12, no fee) etc. www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/FHLFMH.
Coming next: 10 July 2016 – the return of the magnificent Michael Chapman.

Sunday 5 June 2016 7.30pm - Harry Harris - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Since signing to Wild Sound Recordings in 2013, Harry Harris has been building a reputation as one of the UK’s most original and formidable singer/songwriters. A ruthless guitar player with a voice that moves from the explosive to the intimate, he writes songs that grab you by the scruff of the neck and refuse to let go.His last album Songs About Other People was named Folk Album of the Year by The Telegraph, and song The Ballad of Ronnie Radford was named Song of the Year by FATEA Magazine. Support: Kitty Macfarlane; Kitty's songs are charged with a sense of place – more often than not her home of Somerset. Mankind's transactions with the planet, whether those of small French fishing communities, or colossal nuclear power stations, work their way into her songs, alongside a deep interest in shared human experience. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Sunday 5 June 2016 8pm - Will McNicol - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Having picked up his first guitar at the age of six, Will has gone on to become Guitarist Magazine’s UK Acoustic Guitarist of the Year (2011) and one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s 30 Great Guitarists Under 30 from around the world (2014). He holds Associate, Licentiate and Fellowship diplomas with Trinity College London in Classical Guitar Recital and has released four critically acclaimed albums of original compositions. www.willmcnicol.co.uk. £5. More details, bookings etc. www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/b-bar-booking.

Tuesday 7 June 2016 2-4pm - "FirstTuesday" Storytelling Cafe - Twyford House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NF
Come tell a story: personal, traditional, made up or family, or just listen to someone else. Max 10 mins per story, and no reading aloud allowed. Just come and have fun in a relaxed cosy, supportive setting. £3 to include refreshments. Details from Janet on 07834 194215.

UPDATED Thursday 9 June 2016 - Sid Griffin - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Kentucky native Sid Griffin first blew into town in the 1980s, as the larger than life frontman for the kick ass Alt Country band the Long Ryders, and it's no exaggeration to say that they were quite unlike anything else on the block. Fusing elements of blue grass, country and rock, there was always a dangerous edge to the band's music, something which has continued into Sid's career with the Coal Porters and his solo shows. Over the years Sid's written authoritative tomes on Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons, and has been honoured by the Americana Music Association in Nashville. Sid's Topsham appearance is part of a short tour with his double bassist - his first in a decade - following shows with the recently reformed Long Ryders, and will prove his credentials as a class A performer when it comes to 12 string guitar, mandolin and banjo. www.sidgriffin.com. Tickets £12 adv from Bridge Inn 01392 873407, £14 door. www.facebook.com/thebridgeinntopsham

Friday 10 June 2016 8pm - John Kirkpatrick - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Probably the finest button-accordion, melodeon and concertina player in the country, with an excellent powerful voice, and a very influential and prolific artist. He was a member of The Albion Band, Steeleye Span, Umps & Dumps, Brass Monkey, Band Of Hope, as well as his own band in the late 1990's, and has recently joined The Home Service as lead vocalist, replacing John Tams who has retired.. He has worked with the likes of Chris Parkinson (Sultans Of Squeeze), Martin Carthy, Ashley Hutchings, Richard & Linda Thompson, Roy Bailey, Nic Jones, Martyn Wyndham-Read... and has also been involved in various projects including Morris On, The Compleat Dancing Master and Lark Rise To Candleford. He is still heavily involved in the morris dancing scene, having formed The Shropshire Bedlams in 1975. John has also contributed to over sixty plays in the theatre and radio. £10 (paid in adv); £12 (door). Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family). www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.
Coming later:
Friday 23 September 2016 8pm - Pete Coe
Friday 21 October 2016 8pm - Les Barker
Friday 18 November 2016 8pm - Jim Moray
Full details on the Club's brand new website at www.exeterfolkclub.org.

Friday 10 June 2016 7.30pm - Hannah White - St Paul's Church, Starcross
The Sound Lounge presents singer songwriter Hannah White with special guests, Greg Hancock & Jo Hooper plus Rosa Rebecka. Tickets £7 from 01626 890957, full details and online tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/362444.

Friday 10 June 2016 8pm - William The Conqueror - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
William The Conqueror are three passionate musicians (Ruarri Joseph, Harry Harding & Naomi Holmes) hell bent on staying in love with what they do. They make music for the love of music. The inevitable obstacles of life will close doors as we roll, but for now they are all open and there is nothing more exciting or freeing. William the Conqueror is what happens when you do what you love for a living but work so hard to make that living that you start to resent it. It's an outlet for all the ideas that never get the space to blossom because needs must. Details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/william-the-conqueror.

Friday 10 June 2016 7.45pm - Barnfield Music Club: Showcase Event - Barnfield Theatre, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Auditorium. Featured will be a variety of local performers, who sing./play a wide range of music. Genres include folk, blues, Americana, occasionally even opera, plus some very accomplished singer/songwriters. It will be an eclectic and interesting mix. Entry £1 door, includes a raffle ticket. What's not to like! www.barnfieldmusicclub.co.uk

Friday 10 June 2016 7.30pm  - Contra Dance - St Katherine's Priory, Exeter EX4 7JY (map)
Caller: Jeremy Child. A monthly series of Contra Dances. 7:30 pm to 10:30. Cost £4 per person. Beginners welcome.  Using recorded music from your favourite English bands as well as some of the top American Contra Bands. Soft drinks, tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

Saturday 11 June 2016 8pm - Paul Metsers - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
Singer/songwriter from New Zealand who rose to prominence in this country when Nic Jones recorded his song “Farewell to The Gold” on his album “Penguin Eggs”. Paul toured prolifically during the 1980s but now only tours on an occasional basis, but his song writing has kept him in the forefront of folk song writers. He is supported in this concerts by Amanda Diamond and Eddie Richards who have performed a numerous folk clubs and festivals including Sidmouth, Chippenham and Moira Furnace. They appeared at our concert last year supporting Jim Causley, and recently supported Andy Cutting at John Heydon’s Haddenham Concerts. Tickets £8 adv/concs, £10 door. For info call Hugh Diamond 01626 775517 or email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com. Full info and future concerts www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.
Paul will also be running a songwriting workshop at the same venue on Sunday 12 June 1-3pm, ttickets £5.

Saturday 11 June 2016 8pm - John Kennaby’s 70th Birthday Ceilidh Party - Clyst St Mary Village Hall, Clyst St Mary, Exeter EX5 1BG
All Welcome to join in this high energy dance night to celebrate John's '3 score & 10'. The ceilidh band is Captain Swing with caller Mike Griffiths www.captainswing.org.uk. Lots of dancing to great music. Soft drinks, snacks and bar available. On the dance agenda : Ceilidh + Irish Set + Salsa + spots. Irish Set Dancing lead by Maggie Daniel. Salsa spot lead by Kevan Kennedy www.lemonfrog.org. Venue is just off Junction 30 on the M5 heading towards Sidmouth. £4 contribution towards cost appreciated. Please email RSVP to jkennaby[at]btinternet.com.

Saturday 11 June 2016 - Martyn Joseph - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Juxtaposition is a key theme in Martyn’s work. The simplicity and the complexity of the human condition and all that it encompasses is underpinned with a heady promise of hope. There is a versatility to Martyn’s music that is hard to categorise. Many have tried, resulting in labels such as Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana; all of which somehow miss the mark. But sometimes music doesn’t need a defining genre and with the ability to articulate a sense of the bigger picture, Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman.. Autumn 2015 marked the release of Martyn’s brand new studio album, “Sanctuary” and he’ll be showcasing these new songs, along with other familiar and much loved material. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, continues to write, sing and play from the heart. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Saturday 11 June 2016 7pm - The FB Pocket Orchestra - St Mary's Church, Throwleigh, nr Whiddon Down EX20 2HU
From Village Halls to the Royal Albert Hall the FB Pocket Orchestra has been entertaining audiences since 2012 with their lively blend of hot jazz, blues and ragtime. Songs and dances from long ago. This busy trio is always in demand so please come and enjoy the evening. Tickets (including refreshments) £10, U17 £5,  from 01647 231494 or on the door. See www.throwleighchurch.org for 16-min.Youtube band video link. The Northmore Arms at Wonson can provide a pre-concert meal by pre booking with Nikki on 01647 231428.

NEW Tuesday 14 June 2016 - Folk at the Brewery: Summer Session - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village EX5 5AE
First birthday treat! Great Western Morris dancing 7-7.45pm. Hanlons’ Half Hours with Thorn & Roses and Bill Crawford. Guest MC Gideon Barrett. Start prompt 8pm. Singers and musicians welcome. Entry includes Pint & Pasty. Tickets £6. Further information: folk@reynardine.co.uk,  01363 82621. www.reynardine.co.uk. Note: Disabled access pending. “Brilliant night”, “Fabulous event!”, “Great atmosphere”, “Resounding success”, “Great club. Great beer!”, “Friends from all points”, “Proper job! Nice pasty!”

Tuesday 14 June 2016 - Simpson, Cutting & Kerr - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Three leading lights of British folk regroup as a new trio made up of guitar hero Martin Simpson, singer and fiddle-player Nancy Kerr and squeezebox star Andy Cutting. Their debut album Murmurs will be released in June 2016. Murmurs was recorded in January this year and captures all the excitement of three master musicians having musical fun together. It’s a collection of songs that communicate to the listener a sense of bonded musicianship, a real feeling and empathy for each others’ playing and a collective love and innate understanding of the music.
Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/simpson-cutting-kerr. £15. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Thursday 16 June 2016 - Tom McConville - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Musician of the Year (2009), Tom is a singer and fiddle player extraordinaire. Drawing on traditional music from his Newcastle home with Irish, American and Scottish influences, he creates a truly original sound combining jazz, folk, bluegrass and classical roots. Expect a heart-stopping, virtuosic performance, punctuated by Tom's inimitable Geordie wit. www.tommcconville.co.uk. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

Thursday 16 June 2016 8.30pm - Geoff Lakeman - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Internationally recognised exponent of the rare duet concertina performing folk song, Americana and 1920s jazz. Stalwart of the west country folk scene and father of a virtual folk dynasty. £2.

Friday 17 June 2016 8pm - Moore Moss Rutter - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Tom Moore (violin), Archie Churchill-Moss (melodeon) and Jack Rutter (guitar/vocals) combine musical material, style and tradition from their home counties of Norfolk, Somerset and Yorkshire respectively. Since 2009, Moore Moss Rutter have been playing as a trio, meticulously reworking English tunes and compositions into sets and songs which have been described as "intelligently crafted musical adventures". Often praised for musical “maturity and sophistication”, it is their aim to carefully create soundscapes of mellow and precisely engineered beauty - as well as wild builds of tension and tempestuous climaxes. Tickets £8. More details, bookings etc. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk.

Friday 17 June April 2016 - Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
As a solo artist Ange performs with a 27-string Salvi Harp, three different guitars, a variety of low whistles, a bodhrán drum, a tambourine, and an Indian shruti box. Combined with her innovative and subtle use of live looping to build layers up vocal harmonies she’s one of the most diverse solo-artists you're likely to encounter. Ange is touring as a duo with Lukas Drinkwater who brings double bass, backing vocals, another guitar and a bold new dynamic to the stage. This will be a great concert and we are so pleased to have booked these rising stars of the new folk scene. Support: Peter James Millsom. Tickets £10, phone 01823 602700 or email milvertonmusic@f2s.com. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

Friday 17 June 2016 8pm - d'Accord Exeter - Ide Memorial Hall, Fore Street, Ide, Nr Exeter EX2 9RQ (map)
French & Breton dance and music. Bands: Steve Turner & Dave Faulkner, TRaM. & Poisson Rouge. Beginners Welcome. Doors 7.45pm. Contacts: email daccordexeter9@gmail.com), tel. 01392 811593. www.daccordexeter.co.uk.

Friday 17 June 2016 8pm - Charlie Dore - Hope Hall, Hope Road, Exeter EX2 5JN (map)
Support: Greg Hancock. Full details, links etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/356379. Tickets £12. Contact sstwigg@blueyonder.co.uk or 07508 169049. Tea and coffee available. BYO alcohol. No wheelchair access.

Friday 17 June 2016 - Topsham Storytelling: Extraordinary Birds - Topsham Museum
Stories for a Summer's Evening. Three lyrical storytellers: Sharon Jacksties, Lisa Schneidau and Katy Cawkwell with tales to take you on the wing to a world of trickster ravens, savage eagles and shape-shifting swans. Regular monthly storytelling events in Topsham (different venues). Full details www.storytellingintopsham.moonfruit.com. Aimed at adults, unsuitable for children under 10. See also Summerlands Storytelling Festival www.summerlandsfestival.co.uk.

17-19 June 2016 - 18th Teignmouth Folk Festival
Jeff Warner, Malinky, The James Brothers, Magpie Lane, The Claque, The Roaring Trowmen, CELT, City of Plymouth Pipe Band, dance sides. Details www.teignmouthfolk.co.uk.

UPDATED 17-19 June 2016 - A Little Moor Merriment: A Dartmoor Weekend - Lustleigh
Unfortunately Kelly Quarry Blasters are not now able to perform at the concert on Friday evening as previously advertised; instead this will now feature Jim Causley and Friends (Becki Driscoll and Nick Wyke) and be compered by Dave Wills and Len Harvey of the KQB’s. Family Ceilidh with Dartmoor Pixie Band on Saturday evening. Many free events Saturday afternoon: dance workshops, morris dancing, music, mummers play, photography exhibition and film. Full details www.moormerriment.wix.com/almm.

Saturday 18 June 2016 8pm - Charlie Dore & Julian Littman - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Charlie Dore’s music is hard to label, but eclectic, contemporary Folk is the closest to it – and Julian Littman, fresh from touring with his ‘other’ band, Steeleye Span, is always up for an improvised solo or two. Charlie is a multi-award-winning writer and although she has written for the great and the good, her live show reveals that she keeps the best songs for herself. With eight albums’ worth of songs to mine, no two nights are the same. The array of instruments – guitars, piano, mandolin, harmonium, autoharp and ukulele, is constantly swapped as they dip into their latest album, Milk Roulette. There may be a new version of Charlie’s first ever single, Fear of Flying (covered by George Harrison) and even a new take on her chart-topping hit Pilot of the Airwaves – still a BBC Radio 2 favourite. Samples https://soundcloud.com/charlie-dore-songs/sets/charlie-dore-songs. Details www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 18 June 2016 8pm - Haunt the Woods: EP Launch - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Haunt the Woods are an exciting contemporary folk band from the shires of Cornwall and the Rame Peninsula. Haunt the Woods have a new and unique sound incorporating an eclectic blend of traditional and contemporary folk influences, with beautiful melodies and spellbinding guitar. The unique and chilling vocals combined with 4 part vocal harmonies make the heartfelt and emotional lyrics extremely powerful. Their live show really captures the energy and essence of the bands love and passion for music and the true meticulous nature of their compositions. £5 adv, £6 door. More details, bookings etc. www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/b-bar-booking.

Saturday 18 June 2016 7.30pm - South Devon Big Band - Ariel Centre, KEVICC, Ashburton Road, Totnes TQ9 5JX (map)
Not folk, but one of our occasional forays into other musics for crossover interest (and involving a Harberton resident): The Big Band play a wide range of Jazz styles including Swing, Latin, and Contemporary. The musicians come from all parts of the South West of England and are led by Neil Maya. www.southdevonbigband.co.uk.

Saturday 18 June 2016 2.00-10.30pm - Heart of Devon Festival - Bow Village Field, nr Crediton
Multi-genre line-up: Wildflowers, FOS Brothers, Buffo’s Wake, The Honey Pot, Harbottle & Jonas, The Strange and The Beautiful, Sitting Pretty, The Morales, David Treadaway, Hot Club of Stonehouse, Two Hunts and a Gamble,The Sanders Sisters, Bow Community Choir and busking... www.theheartofdevon.co.uk.

NEW Monday 20 June 2016 - Julie Felix - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
An evening with 60s/70s folk legend Julie Felix. £35 for three course meal and exclusive "up close and personal" gig from Julie. www.facebook.com/events/609071742577814. Tel. 01752 297604. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.

Tuesday 21 June 2016 7.30pm - Faustus - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Folk at the Flavel continues with one of the best bands in the UK. Formed in 2008 Faustus features three prominent UK folk musicians. Multi-instrumentalist Benji Kirkpatrick (guitar, bouzouki and banjo) is a member of the legendary Bellowhead and has featured in Seth Lakeman and Maddy Prior's bands. Saul Rose, regarded as one of the best melodeon players in the UK, is the front man of ceilidh band Whapweasel and recently had a year playing Songman in War Horse. He is . Fiddle player Paul Sartin is also a member of Bellowhead and is one half of the BBC Radio 2 Folk awards nominees Belshazzars Feast. Faustus promise a great evening of music rooted in the English tradition with great storytelling but presented in a modern and exciting way including fantastic three part harmonies. www.theflavel.org.uk/TheFlavel.dll/WhatsOn.

Thursday 23 June 2016 - Kent Duchaine - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
The master of blues returns! For almost 40 years, Kent and his beloved Leadbessie, a beaten up 1934 National Steel Guitar, have wowed audiences worldwide. His exceptional guitar playing and deep, intriguing voice combine to set the old style delta blues alight. Kent's life stories of friendships and loves, the history of blues music, the men who developed it, and his incredible involvement with some of them characterise his shows and have his audiences laughing and crying in equal measure. "One of the best five concerts nationwide (across all genres)" Sunday Times. www.kentduchaine.com. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

Thursday 23 June 2016 8pm - Wild Ponies - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Having released two albums as Doug and Telisha Williams Wild Ponies came about via an evolutionary process as the songs they were writing became more aggressive in tone. These songs made up most of the debut Wild Ponies album "Things That Used To Shine". Their new album "Radiant" recently released has Doug ditching his acoustic guitar and picking up his Fender Telecaster and whilst it doesn't represent a seismic shift in their sound compared to the last album it is some distance from the original "Doug and Telisha acoustic duo fans once knew. On tour Wild Ponies are a trio their sound augmented by drums. £10 adv, £12 door. www.wildponies.net. More details, bookings etc. www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/b-bar-booking.

Friday 24 June 2016 7.30pm - SidMouth StoryNight - Sidmouth Methodist Hall, High Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LE
Spoken Word of SidMouth StoryNights present Storyteller Shonaleigh Cumbers telling “The Tower of Bagel”. In medieval Odessa, a humble Jewish baker, Lemuel, takes in a foundling who holds many secrets. He must tease out the tangled knot of riddles and track the slow emergence of a recipe for a new kind of savoury bread roll. Shonaleigh has travelled the world delighting audiences with this popular mix of story, song, riddle and seeds of wisdom. She is probably the last Drut’syla, a Jewish tradition of storytelling. Adv tickets £8 available from Paragon Books, High Street, Sidmouth 01395 514516, or online at https://billetto.co.uk/spoken-word-of-sidmouth-present-shonaleigh-cumbers, or door £10. For more details call 07834 194215, JanetTells@gmail.com.

NEW Friday 24 June 2016 - Midsummer World Ceilidh with Signs of Life - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Celtic, Klezmer, Cajun, Balkan, Rude Tudor knees-up. Details www.calstockhall.com/upcoming.

***** Part Two - some newly notified (and udpated) later events *****

NEW Sunday 26 June 2016 7.45pm - Flossie Malavialle - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A charming French singer, firmly embedded in the British folk scene. She has been immensely prolific, releasing many albums with songs ranging from Edith Piaf to Sinatra, Jacques Brel to Colum Sands! “Flossie’s great! She wowed everybody with her sensational voice, her gutsy guitar style, eclectic repertoire and franglais patter” (Vin Garbutt).
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Friday 1 July 2016 - Show of Hands - Tickets go on sale for Royal Albert Hall on 16 April 2017
Show of Hands present the fifth 'Live at The Albert Hall' show on 16th April 2017. www.showofhands.co.uk

NEW Monday 4 July 2016 7pm - Henhouse Prowlers - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Eleven years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Tuesday 5 July 2016 2-4pm - "FirstTuesday" Storytelling Cafe - Twyford House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NF
Come tell a story: personal, traditional, made up or family, or just listen to someone else. Max 10 mins per story, and no reading aloud allowed. Just come and have fun in a relaxed cosy, supportive setting. £3 to include refreshments. Details from Janet on 07834 194215.

NEW Sunday 10 July 2016 7pm - Michael Chapman - Edgemoor Hotel, Haytor Rd, nr Bovey Tracey TQ13 9LE
Return of the magnificent guitarist/singer/songwriter. Tickets www.ticketsource.co.uk/southdevonmusic or email phil.royal@btinternet.com. South Devon Music exists to bring world class talent to our doorstep. Help us to keep on keeping on.

NEW Sunday 10 July 2016 7.45pm - Ian Bruce & Ian Walker - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
With Mo Walker. The 2 Ians made welcome returns to the Club in 2012 and 2014 (after a break of some 25 years!) and their material and presentation were as strong as ever. Award-winning songs, old and new, are performed with tight harmonies, a fair dose of humour and excellent guitar and banjo accompaniment. Just terrific! For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 14 July 2016 8pm - Steve Turner - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
www.steve-turner.co.uk. More information from Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

NEW Thursday 14 July 2016 7.30pm - Nine Pound Catfish - Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
Ian Gardner's Nine Pound Catfish return to perform more of their footstompin’ good-time blues www.ninepoundcatfish.co.uk. Plus resident duo Devon Delta (Stuart Cumberpatch, slide and lap guitar; Robert Spence, harp & vocals). Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

NEW Friday 15 July 2016 - Eve Selis Band - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Kicking off our Summer Courtyard season is The Eve Selis Band on their three week UK tour. San Diego-based Eve converts country, R&B, blues, folk and rock n'roll into a musical force that stops you in your tracks. This gifted writer and electrifying singer has been likened to Bonnie Raitt, Joan Osborne and Melissa Etheridge, and numbers Bob Harris among her fans "One of the best shows I've ever seen in the UK". She returns with her stellar band with fire in her bones and new songs in her heart. www.eveselis.com. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Friday 22 July 2016 - Eduardo Niebla - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Hailed by the Guardian for his "exquisite guitar" playing and lyrical, poignantly poetic style, Eduardo Niebla is one of the truly outstanding guitarists of today; technically brilliant, fantastically creative and full of passion and verve. An evening of stunning flamenco jazz, in a " truly breathtaking" performance (Scotsman) that draws on the influences from across the world. www.eduardoniebla.com. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Friday 22 July 2016 7pm - Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
The two time BBC Folk Award winners met in 2011 and signed to Fellside Records and in July 2012, The Queen’s Lover. In January 2013, the pair picked up the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk award. Russell and Algar received the Horizon Award for Best breakthrough act at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Their second album was released in July receiving 5 Stars in fRoots, 4 Stars in both R2 Magazine and The Telegraph and a host of other brilliant reviews, Bright Young Folk describing it as an “outstanding show of maturity” with “enormous promise”. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Sunday 24 July 2016 7.45pm - Jim Causley - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Five times BBC Folk Awards nominee, Jim was steeped in traditional music from an early age and has gone on to build an enviable reputation both as a solo artiste and in combination with some of the luminaries of the folk world: Martin Carthy, Kate Rusby, Steve Knightley, etc. He has a terrific voice and has been lauded as "The finest male folk singer of his generation."
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.
Sunday 31 July - open night, then Club closed through August, re-opening with an open night Sunday 4 September.

***** Part Three - Festival round-up *****

17-19 June 2016 - 18th Teignmouth Folk Festival
Jeff Warner, Malinky, The James Brothers, Magpie Lane, The Claque, The Roaring Trowmen, CELT, City of Plymouth Pipe Band, dance sides. Details www.teignmouthfolk.co.uk.

17-19 June 2016 - A Little Moor Merriment: A Dartmoor Weekend - Lustleigh
Unfortunately Kelly Quarry Blasters are not now able to perform at the concert on Friday evening as previously advertised; instead this will now feature Jim Causley and Friends (Becki Driscoll and Nick Wyke) and be compered by Dave Wills and Len Harvey of the KQB’s. Family Ceilidh with Dartmoor Pixie Band on Saturday evening. Many free events Saturday afternoon: dance workshops, morris dancing, music, mummers play, photography exhibition and film. Full details www.moormerriment.wix.com/almm.

Saturday 18 June 2016 2.00-10.30pm - Heart of Devon Festival - Bow Village Field, nr Crediton
Multi-genre line-up: Wildflowers, FOS Brothers, Buffo’s Wake, The Honey Pot, Harbottle & Jonas, The Strange and The Beautiful, Sitting Pretty, The Morales, David Treadaway, Hot Club of Stonehouse, Two Hunts and a Gamble,The Sanders Sisters, Bow Community Choir and busking... www.theheartofdevon.co.uk.

Saturday 2 July 2016 - South Brent Folk Day
Singing, music, dancing, workshops and concerts. Morris dance displays. Evening concert with Sunjay (guitar picking wizardry, one of the rising stars on the folk, blues and acoustic circuit) and Devonbird (Kath: Lead Singer, penny whistle and guitar; Rob: Guitar; Sophia: Fiddle) are an Exeter based band who were Southwest Music Awards' 'Best Folk Act' finalists in 2013 and have brought an exciting new sound to the Devon folk scene and beyond. The trio combine foot stomping jigs and reels with haunting ballads and songs. See www.southbrentfolk.org.uk/index.php/events/36-2016-events for details.

22/23 July 2016 - Chagstock Festival - Chagford
Multi-genre festival; line-up includes Donovan, The Strangers, The Blockheads, Ferocious Dog, Danny & The Champions Of The World, Cattle & Cane, Marc O’Reilly, and many more. www.chagstock.info.

19-21 August 2016 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park near Exeter
Multi-genre. Details www.beautifuldays.org. Almost sold out

29 July to 5 August 2016 - Sidmouth Folk Week
See full details, and join the the festival's e-circulation, at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk.

30 July-27 August - Dartington International Summer School & Festival
One of Europe's leading music summer schools. In Week 2 (6-13 August) folk and poetry continues to be an important part of the programme: Northumbrian pipes-player and fiddler Kathryn Tickell returns to run a folk course, and Sally Davies directs our Dartington Folk Choir. The poet Jo Shapcott leads a poetry writing course. Concerts burn with a poetic intensity, from late night harpsichord music and Chopin’s complete Mazurkas, to a celebration of Kathleen Ferrier and Jane Glover’s Mozart’s Women. Operatic fireworks, Baroque brilliance – and a ceilidh too! See www.dartington.org/whats-on/summer-school/ for details, brochure etc.

5-7 August 2016 - Dartmoor Folk Festival - South Zeal
Artists confirmed for 2016 so far include: Blazin' Fiddles; Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston; Bob Fox; Mawkin; Talisk; Bayou Seco; Tickled Pink; The Dartmoor Pixie Band (Friday night & Sunday night); Ramsley Minors; Entertainingly different... plus more to be confirmed...... www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk.

26-29 August 2016 - Cornwall Folk Festival - Wadebridge
Ralph McTell and Martin Simpson headlining. www.cornwallfolkfestival.com.

Saturday 3 September 2016 - Fishstock Seafood & Music Festival - Brixham
www.fishstockbrixham.co.uk.

16-18 September 2016 - Lostinfolk Festival - Lostwithiel Community Centre
New in 2016, and not too far away from us. The festival will offer four concerts over the three days plus a late-night ceilidh after the Saturday evening concert. The line-up includes well known folk and acoustic artists who will be familiar to many of the county’s folk club audiences including Jez Lowe & the Bad Pennies, Richard Digance, Johnny Coppin & Mike Silver, Sally Barker, Exeter’s Wildwood Kin, Gerry Colvin Band, mandolinist Daniel Nestlerode, Spikedrivers, Suffolk’s Broadside Boys, Roving Crows, and last not least, the folk rock dance masters of experimentation (yes you can folk dance to Kraftwerk!) Tickled Pink for the ceilidh. www.deckchairproductions.co.uk.

All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing here does not guarantee that tickets are still available.

John Culf
johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertonfolk.co.uk
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20/5/16

Harberton Folk Circular - Friday 20 May 2016
Part One below - A full listing of all events for the next 4 weeks
Part Two - Some newly notified (and updated) events for the following few weeks
Part Three - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

***** Part One *****

***** Part Two - some newly notified (and updated) events for the following few weeks *****

NEW Sunday 3 July 2016 7.30pm - Jim Causley - Victory Hall, Whimple
Jim Causley celebrates over a decade as an acclaimed solo artist and performer with his new album Forgotten Kingdom, his first album of entirely self-penned material. Forgotten Kingdom is a broad collection of songs inspired by Causley’s native Westcountry, mixing ancient history with the songwriter’s own personal history and experience of the world. Themes range from the Saxon invasion of the area, the Celtic diaspora, to very personal explorations of love and geographical identity. This is certainly Causley’s most musically ambitious work to date. Support: Exmoor's Martyn Babb - singer, songwriter, wit and raconteur (allegedly!). More details, ticketing etc. www.handsomedicksrecords.co.uk/onawhim.

***** Part Three - Other stuff *****

Session/Club News
Friday 20 May 2016 8pm - Milton Abbot Folk Club, Milton Abbot Village Hall PL19 0PA (map)
Regular 3rd Friday club. Midway between Launceston and Tavistock (01822 870247)
Launceston - Racehorse Inn, North Hill www.racehorseinn.co.uk
Live music last Monday every month. 01566 786916

Feature: Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club (Newsletter), Kingsteignton
at the Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH.
Dear supporter of live music: We are enjoying the lighter and warmer nights at the Passage House Inn Devon, this is our latest newsletter with details of the next “Featured Artist Events". Featured artists have a ¾ hour set, at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions, finishing, as we always have to, at 10.30pm. All the other Mondays are normal open mic sessions. Entrance is still just £1 which includes a raffle ticket. Proceeds as always are donated to the local Rowcroft Hospice except on 27 June proceeds will be donated to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. 6 June – Rick Lawes; 20 June – Nigel Dee; 27 June – Steve Buxton; 18 July – Graham Butterfield. Please visit www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-warehouse-devon/108671222622739 for further information. Kind regards, Martin.

Carmina New Album
Carmina (jazz, folk and celtic crossover), who last performed in this area 5 years ago at the Dart Music Festival and the Mildmay Colours Inn in Holbeton, are booked to record a new album at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios at the end of May. They are trying to raise some of the necessary funds through a 'Kickstart' campaign. If you're a Carmina fan, see full details here now: http://kck.st/21r6t5m.
[Please note: This is a one-off item for a friend of Harberton Folk and not the start of regular crowdfunding items.]

Finally, here's a summary of all newly notified events for July-September (full details are in the Diary on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk):
NEW Monday 4 July 2016 7pm - Henhouse Prowlers - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
NEW Tuesday 5 July 2016 2-4pm - "FirstTuesday" Storytelling Cafe - Twyford House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth
NEW
Sunday 10 July 2016 7pm - Michael Chapman - Edgemoor Hotel, Haytor Rd, nr Bovey Tracey
NEW Thursday 14 July 2016 8pm - Steve Turner - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes
NEW Thursday 14 July 2016 7.30pm - Nine Pound Catfish - Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham
NEW Friday 15 July 2016 - Eve Selis Band - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton
NEW
Friday 22 July 2016 - Eduardo Niebla - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton
NEW Friday 22 July 2016 7pm - Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
NEW 29/30 July 2016 - Tashi Lhunpo Tibetan Monks workshops/performance - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth
NEW Thursday 4 August 2016 - Cooper & Davies - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton
NEW
Saturday 6 August 2016 - The Rheingans Sisters - Athenaeum Theatre, Plymouth
NEW Tuesday 9 August 2016 7pm - Land Of The Giants - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
NEW Thursday 11 August 2016 - Tipitina - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton
NEW
Friday 12 August 2016 7pm - Transylvania - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
NEW Friday 12 August 2016 - Devon Acoustic Collective - Lupton House, Churston Ferrers, nr Brixham
NEW Thursday 18 August 2016 - Brooks Williams & Lightning Express - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton
NEW Thursday 25 August 2016 - Gigspanner - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton
NEW
Saturday 3 September 2016 7.30pm - Robin & Bina Williamson - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey
NEW Sunday 4 September 2016 7pm - Lauren Housely - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
NEW Saturday 10 September 2016 - India Electric Co. - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton
NEW
Saturday 10 September 2016 7pm - Noëlle et les Papillons - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
NEW 16-18 September 2016 - Lostinfolk Festival - Lostwithiel Community Centre
NEW Friday 23 September 2016 8pm - Pete Coe - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club
NEW
Friday 23 September 2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll, with James Budden - Calstock Arts
NEW
Saturday 24 September 2016 - Ninebarrow - Downderry & Seaton Village Hall, Main Road, Downderry, Torpoint, Cornwall
NEW Sunday 25 September 2016 3pm - Ninebarrow - Galmpton Village Institute Hall, Greenway Road, Brixham
NEW Sunday 25 September 2016 7.30pm - Phil Beer - Exminster Victory Hall, Main Road, Exminster
NEW Friday 30 September 2016 7pm - Phil Beer - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell

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12/5/16

***** Part Two - some newly notified (and updated) events beyond the end of May *****

Cancelled Friday 24 June 2016 7.30pm - Kirsty Bromley & Lucy Wise - Churston Traditional Farm Shop Restaurant, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL (map)
Contact info@maggieandmike.co.uk

NEW Saturday 23 July 2016 8pm - Phil Beer Band - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Phil's instrumental wizardry is well documented and has been utilised by countless artists over the years, the most notable being The Rolling Stones, Mike Oldfield and Steve Harley.While having his feet firmly in the ‘Acoustic’camp, he has “kept his hand in” with electric music with an annual outing of The Phil Beer Band. The Phil Beer Band performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil''s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock. The highly popular line up comprises Gareth Turner (Little Johnny England), Steve Crickett (Arizona Smoke Review), Greg McDonald, Emily Slade and of course, Phil Beer and promises to deliver a lively cocktail of folk, rock, country and blues. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.
Coming later:
Saturday 10 September - India Electric Co.
Saturday 8 October - Flats And Sharps
Saturday 3 December - Clive Carroll (workshop and concert)

NEW Wednesday 27 July 2016 - Flats and Sharps - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Hailing from Cornwall this five piece band blur the lines of Bluegrass, Folk, Country & Pop, playing highly original songs as well as their renditions of Blugrass classics. They can already list the Country 2 Country Festival at the O2 , The Proms at Hyde Park amongst an incredible list of live performances. " effortlessly entertaining....sublime five part harmonies...the pace of their performance is breathtaking" Mark Ellen - R2 Magazine. www.flatsandsharps.co.uk. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Friday 12 August 2016 - Widecombe Sailing Club Barn Dance - Langworthy Farm, Widecombe
Barn dance (in a barn) with a nautical theme. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk

NEW Saturday 13 August 2016 7.30pm - Dawlish Carnival Ceilidh with Mrs Midnight's - Strand Centre, 32 The Strand, Dawlish EX7 9PT
Caller Mike Boston. Tickets £8. Information from Alan Brown 01626 863016. No bar, BYO drinks.

***** Part Three - Other stuff *****

Feature: South Devon Music proudly presents a
Summer of Love in Music City, Bovey Tracey! to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Summer of Love. Don’t miss these once in a lifetime opportunities to see some of the most influential musicians ever to grace any stage:
Sunday 5 June 2016 - Legendary Irish duo Tir na nOg at the Edgemoor Hotel, Haytor Road
Sunday 10 July 2016 - the return of the magnificent guitarist/singer/songwriter Michael Chapman to the Edgemoor
Saturday 3 September 2016Robin (ex-Incredible String Band!) and Bina Williamson at the Dolphin Hotel, Station Road
Book your tickets here: www.ticketsource.co.uk/southdevonmusic or email phil.royal@btinternet.com.

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6/5/16

Harberton Folk Circular - Friday 6 May 2016

***** Part Two - some newly notified (and updated) events after 3 June *****

NEW 17-19 June 2016 - 18th Teignmouth Folk Festival
Jeff Warner, Malinky, The James Brothers, Magpie Lane, The Claque, The Roaring Trowmen, CELT, City of Plymouth Pipe Band, dance sides. Details www.teignmouthfolk.co.uk.

NEW 17-19 June 2016 - A Little Moor Merriment: A Dartmoor Weekend - Lustleigh
Including The Kelly Quarry Blasters and Friends on Friday evening, Family Ceilidh with Dartmoor Pixie Band on Saturday evening. Many free events Saturday afternoon: dance workshops, morris dancing, music, mummers play, photography exhibition and film. Full details www.moormerriment.wix.com/almm.

NEW Friday 25 November 2016 - The Levellers - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
Celebrating 25 years of 'Levelling The Land', The Levellers will play their classic album in full plus other hits on a mammoth UK tour supported by Ferocious Dog to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of their second full-length, and now classic, album. www.plymouthpavilions.com.

NEW Saturday 3 December 2016 3pm - Clive Carroll Guitar Workshop - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Ragtime & Percussive Guitar Workshop. Two of the most popular acoustic guitar styles! Come along and learn how to play a classic Ragtime bass line and melody, at the same time. We will also have some fun discovering the percussive possibilities of the acoustic guitar which have been made famous by such artists as Newton Faulkner and Tommy Emmanuel! This is not suitable for beginners but would be of maximum benefit to those who have a minimum of two years experience. Bring  your guitar!! Tickets: £15 and £10 for students. Numbers will be limited to 15. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.
Clive is giving a concert at the Beehive in the evening.

***** Part Three - Other stuff *****

Show of Hands News
NEW Friday 1 July 2016 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Exeter Cathedral
Support: The Lost Sound Chorus. Show of Hands are performing a special World War 1 Centenary concert at Exeter Cathedral to commemorate the 19240 Allied servicemen who lost their lives on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. The concert will feature songs from Show of Hands’ acclaimed album, Centenary and will raise funds for ‘Shrouds of the Somme’ the West Country project remembering each one of the 19240 men who fell that day 100 years ago. All profits will be donated to The Exeter Foundation and SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity. More details www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk/event/all-events/concert-show-of-hands.ashx.
NEW Thursday/Friday/Saturday 8/9/10 December 2016 - Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes - Exmouth Pavilion
Show of Hands return with ‘Walk with Me - The Big Autumn Tour’ (last 3 nights) with special guest Megan Henwood. Featuring songs from 25 years at the top and reunited with the exceptionally talented Miranda Sykes once more, big sounds, uncompromising songs and stunning production make for a evening to remember. This will be the last chance to see them together before their 2017 Albert Hall concert. www.ledleisure.co.uk. Box office 01395 222477.

Summer 2016 'Courtyard' music programme released by Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton (map)
Full details of the following are now available at www.ottertonmill.com (and individual entries can also be found in the Diary on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk):
Friday 15 July - Eve Selis Band
Friday 22 July - Eduardo Niebla
Wednesday 27 July - Flats and Sharps
Thursday 4 August - Cooper & Davies
Thursday 11 August - Tipitina
Thursday 18 August - Brooks Williams & Lightning Express
Thursday 25 August - Gigspanner

Session News (South Hams)
[courtesy of John O'Connor]
Folk session - Church House Inn Churchstow, Thursday 2 June
Open mics - Dolphin, Kingston, Friday 3 June, Exeter Inn Modbury Saturday 4 June.

Regular Storytelling Events in Topsham
NEW Friday 17 June 2016 - Topsham Storytelling: Extraordinary Birds - Topsham Museum
Stories for a Summer's Evening. Three lyrical storytellers: Sharon Jacksties, Lisa Schneidau and Katy Cawkwell with tales to take you on the wing to a world of trickster ravens, savage eagles and shape-shifting swans. Regular monthly storytelling events in Topsham (different venues). Full details www.storytellingintopsham.moonfruit.com. Aimed at adults, unsuitable for children under 10. See also Summerlands Storytelling Festival www.summerlandsfestival.co.uk.

More Storytelling - in Totnes
NEW Saturday 4 June 2016 2.30pm - Totnes Story Workshop - Upstairs at Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
Performance storytelling is enjoying a revival. Have you always wanted to try storytelling, but don't know where to start? Join Lisa Schneidau and Ronnie Conboy for an informal half-day workshop on how to start traditional storytelling. Aimed at adult beginners, this workshop will give you some pointers on what makes a good story, some inspiration on where to find stories, how to remember them, and some experience of telling (without notes!). We will have some fun playing with various story types, and discover how storytelling lies very close to the surface of our everyday lives. Tickets £5. You can buy tickets online at https://billetto.co.uk/storytelling-workshop-totnes. Places limited so please book early.
NEW Saturday 4 June 2016 7.30pm - Story Slam! - Upstairs at Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
A story slam is an informal and lighthearted story-spinning contest. 8 tellers will tell their finest tales, each lasting no more than 10 minutes. The audience chooses the winner! It’s a great opportunity to hear a variety of tales from experienced and new tellers, curated by an MC. There will be time for an interval, and refreshments available at the bar. Please note this is storytelling for an adult audience - not suitable for children under 10. Tickets £5/£3. You can buy tickets online at https://billetto.co.uk/totnes-story-slam.
These events are hosted by South Devon Storytellers, who run a regular storytelling night in Totnes. They're part of the Summerlands Storytelling Festival www.summerlandsfestival.co.uk, funded by Arts Council England.

...and in Chagford
Saturday 28 May 2016
Storytelling Skills Workshop with Dartmoor Storytelling Circle (afternoon presumably), and
Dartmoor Storytelling Circles Presents: Story Slam (evening presumably)
No further details available. See www.summerlandsfestival.co.uk.

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General items retained from previous circulars

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for May
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Folk Dance Club News
Well, it's not news really, but there are many such clubs across our area, for example the Exeter Folk Dance Club which meets usually Last Friday in the month  7.30-9.30pm (not July/August) at the Palace Gate Centre, South Street Baptist Church, South Street, Exeter EX1 1JA.  An open and welcoming Club affiliated to EFDSS. For more information email exeterfolkdance@gmail.com. All welcome.
See www.flaxey-green.co.uk for details of all folk dance clubs across our area.

Nationwide search for members of new National Youth Folk Ensemble
[After seeing the brilliant Leveret in Kingskerswell last Friday I was reminded to circulate the following which involves Sam Sweeney and may be of interest to some talented young folk musicians in our area.]
The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) has launched a nationwide search for talented young musicians to become the first members of the new National Youth Folk Ensemble. A series of Sampler Days will be held throughout England during May and June to audition musicians aged 14 to 18 for up to 25 places in the Ensemble, which is supported by Arts Council England.
The nearest sampler day in our region is at Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre on Thursday 2 June 2016 10.30am-4pm.
Led by the Ensemble’s Artistic Director, BBC Radio 2’s Folk Musician of the Year 2015 Sam Sweeney, each Sampler Day will include creative workshops with a team of professional folk artists, individual auditions, and a question and answer session with Ensemble staff. Selected musicians will be invited to a final audition in London in July. To register for a Sampler Day, musicians have to be aged between 14 and 18 on 1 September 2016, live in England, be able to play confidently on any instrument and have an interest in folk music.
Full details can be found at www.efdss.org/efdss-education/national-youth-folk-ensemble. An early application is essential.

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Session News - Plymouth
Plymouth: Artillery Arms, Pound Street, Stonehouse PL1 3RH (01752 262515). First & third Tuesdays of the month, 8.30pm. Mixed folk session. Singers particularly welcome. Formerly on alternate Tuesdays.
For comprehensive information about pub sessions (list and map) across the area see www.flaxey-green.co.uk.

Callington 2016 Mayfest free pre-fest workshops
Music Workshops with Becki Driscoll from Wren Music:
10.30am March 19 Callington Town Hall; April 2 / 16 / 30 Callington Methodist Church; April 30 Callington Town Hall
Samba Drumming Workshops with Sean Hooper of Truro school of Samba (possibly trying some rhythms based on Cornish dances):
10.30am March 26, April 9 / 23, May 7 at Mustard Seed Church, Callington.
Cornish Dance Workshops with Carmen Hunt:
10.30am April 2 / 16 / 23 Callington Methodist Church; April 30 Callington Town Hall
For more info email caveatcallington@gmail.com or contact Peter on 01579 384509.

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Topsham Folk Club Singers Nights - Temporary Change of Venue during March
The Globe is undergoing building work over the next few weeks and the Malthouse is unavailable. We will be holding Singers Nights upstairs in Matthews Hall, Topsham on March 6th, 20th and 27th. Please BYO drinks as there will be no bar available.

Feature: Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club (Spring 2016 newsletter), Kingsteignton
at the Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH. We meet every Monday and always welcome artists/musicians to perform on any club night and we especially welcome visitors who come to listen to the performances. It’s nearly spring time (hooray!), so here is our latest newsletter with details of our "Spring Featured Artist Events". Featured artists have a ¾ hour set, at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions. Finishing, as we always have to, at 10.30pm. All the other Mondays are normal open mic sessions. Entrance is still just £1 which includes a raffle ticket. Proceeds as always are donated to the local Rowcroft Hospice. 7 March - Marc Woodward; 11 April - Josie Lloyd; 16 May - Paul Holden. Please visit www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-warehouse-devon/108671222622739 further information and performance videos.  Kind Regards Martin.

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Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for February
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Session News - Teignmouth
New venue for the last Friday 8pm Acoustic Folk and Blues Night - Palmers Tea Rooms, 51A Northumberland Place, Teignmouth, TQ14 8DE tel: 01626 437120. Light snacks/non-alcoholic beverages available. Bring your own alcohol or purchase from pub next door. Enquiries/to book a spot telephone 07443 617076.

Folk Dance Club News
Harberton Folk does not list folk dance clubs but I've picked up from Steve Cunio's Sadfolk weekly e-missive (Somerset & Dorset folk news, www.sadfolk.co.uk) that Gittisham Folk Dance Club nr Honiton now has its own website at http://gittishamfolkdanceclub.wordpress.com.
This is also a good opportunity to tell you that full details of all folk dance clubs in our area (and beyond) can be found on www.flaxey-green.co.uk.

Morris Sticks
I can supply limited quantities of stripped hazel morris sticks from our own small wood at Harberton, cut and prepared to order during the winter. First come first served. For collection from Harberton, or Hermes courier delivery. Email me at the address below for further information, price, estimated delivery charge (Hermes charge £7.69 for a 5-10kg package and £9.98 for a 10-15kg package). JC

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New Folk Club - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club
Venue: Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=293187&Y=92189&A=Y&Z=110&ax=293187&ay=92189
(This replaces the Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn)
First official night: Friday 26 February 2016 8pm (Open Club night), last Friday of the month (except December). Admission £1. This new club will be held in the newly-refurbished and extended function room that will hold up to 60 people and is very comfortable and intimate. Table-top bar serving the essential drinks (beers, lager, cider, wines and soft drinks). Prices a lot lower than pub prices. Teas & coffees available (with biscuits). Limited parking in the club car park. Free street parking available outside the club. Access to the club is through open green gates in Lyndhurst Road, off Victoria Park Road.  Full wheel-chair access and disabled toilet. Message from club organisers: Due to ongoing difficulties at the Ley Arms, securing nights and regularity, we have decided to move venues. On the positive side we think this is a very good move and look forward to welcoming old and new faces to the new tennis club venue. For more information contact: leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

NEW First concert night at the new Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club
Friday 11 March 2016 8pm - Double Bill: Jenna Witts / Simon Barron -
Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Jenna Witts is a talented singer and songwriter from North Devon with an excellent voice, who has supported Show Of Hands on 5 nationwide tours, including a notable appearance at the Royal Albert Hall. She has toured and played alongside such names as Seth Lakeman, Fisherman's Friends and Elkie Brooks. She has released three critically-acclaimed albums, her latest being Hitchhiker. Jenna plays keyboards and acoustic guitar. www.jennawitts.com. Simon Barron is a brilliant rich-voiced singer, guitarist and songwriter performing songs based in the tradition. He "communicates an infectious love of English music through his exciting and relaxed renditions of the tradition and his own strongly narrative songs" on acoustic guitar, dulcimer and pedal-organ. www.sibarron.eu, www.barronbrady.com. £10 (paid in adv); £12 (door). Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

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East Devon: Jurassic Folk and Jam to Merge
[edited] "We have some very exciting news. Jurassic Folk started in Seaton, and later moved to Beer. There have been some problems at the Beer venue. At a recent meeting the Organising Body decided that we should move back to Seaton, where parking is more readily available, and the roads are better. The Organising Body decided that we would move to the Eyre Court Hotel in Seaton (www.eyrecourthotel.co.uk). It has an air-conditioned conservatory in which we will meet. The address is 2 Queen Street, Seaton. EX12 2NY.
It was also decided that we should merge the Jam and Folk nights together. This will make for more varied evenings. New Jurassic Folk and Jam will run on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, except in August. Do come along on Wednesday 20 January for our first night in the new venue. From this time we shall function entirely at Eyre Court in Seaton. It is hoped that the new venue will be more reliable and that being in Seaton will attract more folk, whether they be singers, instrumentalists or spectators. All are welcome. Admission is free.
If you want to know more you can either visit www.jurassicfolkandjam.com or telephone Andrew or June on 01404 46451. Mobile 07976 533520. Please tell all those whom you know, of these new developments. We hope to have a large crowd of performers and spectators. Flyers will be available on the evening for all to hand out or display.
Andrew & June"

New 2016 Format for Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
Entrance price on singers nights reduced to £1 performers, £2 non-performers, raising funds for guests (no raffle). We are also changing the format for singers nights. We are fortunate in that there are many performers who are very good and deserve a longer spot. So with this in mind we are going to keep the last 30 mins or so of each singers night for a longer spot from one of these floor performers.
If you have any ideas that you would like to put forward for how we could improve the club for you then please just drop me a line. Or any negative things that put you off!
Next Thursday 24 January we were due to have Bob & Gill Berry but they are ill and have had to cancel. Instead we are going to have our first singers night with a longer performance from Charlie and Emma Wilson. Charlie plays guitar and they both sing in exquisite harmony. Beautiful arrangements and lovely voices.
Next booked guests:
Thursday 10 March 2016 - Cosgrave & Banks (Mike Cosgrave & Steve Banks) www.cosgraveandbanks.com
Thursday 14 July 2016 - Steve Turner - www.steve-turner.co.uk

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Folk News for Cornwall
I'm sometimes asked if there is any equivalent of the Harberton Folk e-circulars (which essentially cover southern Devon) for Cornwall. I'm not aware of anything myself, but would be happy to pass on any new information supplied to me.
The quarterly Folk News Kernow covering the county can be viewed/downloaded at
www.dreamersfolk.co.uk/folknews%20kernow.html.
Bodmin Folk Club's website has numerous links, at
www.bodminfolk.co.uk.
More Folks News for (North) Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - Shammick Acoustic, North Devon folk information
www.flaxey-green.co.uk - Covers much of Devon: folk events, song/dance clubs, sessions, ceilidhs and much more
Folk News for Somerset & Dorset / Wessex
Sadfolk's weekly email circulation - sign up at www.sadfolk.co.uk (Steve Cunio)
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com (Tony Watts)

29 July to 5 August 2016 - Sidmouth Folk Week
SFW has just (14/12/15) sent its first e-newsletter about the 2016 event with details of an amazing line-up, super early bird ticket deals now available etc. Don't miss out - join the e-circulation yourself at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk.

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NEW Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club (winter newsletter), Kingsteignton
Featured Artist Events - These artists have a ¾ hour set at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions finishing, as we always have to, at 10.30pm.
23 November – Steve Buxton - a charity event for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust; 7 December – John Lockwood – our talented singer and 12 string guitar player, with accompaniment by Bass Player Mark Thomas; 14 December – £1000 presentation to Rowcroft Hospice; 21 December – Christmas Party Night (there will be mince pies); 28th December - Closed; 4th January – New Year Event. All other Mondays are normal open mic sessions. Entrance is still just £1 which includes a raffle ticket. For 2016 we are currently arranging an exciting programme of local "Featured Artists", which will include Josie Lloyd and Marc Woodward.
Please visit our web page www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-warehouse-devon/108671222622739 for further information
We always welcome artists/musicians to perform on any club night in The Estuary Courtyard, Passage House Inn, Kingsteignton and we especially welcome visitors who come to listen to the performances. During the summer months we welcomed a total of 164 German tourists who were staying at the Passage House Hotel.
Kind Regards Martin

Featured venue: Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
A volunteer run arts centre in an interesting venue, overlooking the River Tamar. Calstock Arts programme a wide range of events including folk, jazz, classical music, comedy, film, theatre, talks and exhibitions. Fully licensed bar, and pre-event food is available for some events. In addition to ticketed events, Gallery Bar Specials also take place featuring live music and other events from well-known and emerging performers in the South West. Full programme details: www.calstockarts.org. Programme includes:
Sunday 12 December 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Sky Walkers
Friday 15 January 2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Appaloosas
Friday 22 January 2016 8pm- An Evening with Bob Fox, WarHorse Songman
Saturday 6 February 2016 8pm - Wildwood Kin
Friday 26 February 2016 8pm - Luke Daniels
Friday 4 March 2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Rosa Rebecka

Folk Dance Clubs
Some readers may have noticed that I don't normally include any details of Folk Dance Clubs (club nights, events etc.) in the Harberton Folk coverage area in my website and email listings. One very good reason for not doing so is that everything you could possibly need on this topic can always be found on www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Folk_song_and_dance_clubs.html, along with a wealth of information about many other topics 'folk'.
But this item has been prompted by a specific request from by a reader to mention the following:
Exeter Folk Dance Club at The Palace Gate Centre, Baptist Church, South Street, Exeter 7.30-10pm: October 30 Aileen Wills & The Balcony Band; November 27 Pam Hayes & Live Music; December 11 Xmas Party and Bring and Share, Simon Maplesden & Jigs for Gigs

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Crabshell Music Kingsbridge - an Update from Neil White
You have'\t heard from me since the Crabshell Records Showcase concert but I hoped you might appreciate a Crabshell music update. It’s unlikely there will be any more regular Crabshell Concerts and I expect you already know that the monthly 1st Thursday sing-arounds in the bar are no more. The pub has just got too busy (and noisy) for these to continue as they were.
However... My pal, Paul Rossiter, is initiating a new, rather different, acoustic venture upstairs in the Function Room. Some of our most notable local musicians will be invited to strut their stuff with 10 to 25 minutes for their appearance. The first of these events will be this Thursday 8 October from 8pm prompt to about 10.15pm. Performers booked for this date will include gifted multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter John Connor; the stunning voices of “songsisters" Mahrey & Nicola; the distinguished veteran musicians, Les Noden & Nigel Sture, appearing as “Bollards”; and the lively, talented duo, Johnny Mac and Janet with songs, guitar, fiddle and mandolin.
Diary! Thereafter the sessions will be at the same time on each second Thursday of the month into April (except December)
Free entry. All Seated. All acoustic. 2 for 1 Fish & Chips with your Crabshell loyalty card (apply at the bar).

About Crabshell Music Itself
Neil White's Crabshell Music catalogue ("Crabshell Records is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association. Their cause is to support and encourage traditionally based music played in the area. They can offer a complete CD production service to talented, unsigned musiciams who sing and play locally - often in aid of local charities.") includes recordings by talented local performers such as Bollards (Les Noden & Nigel Sture), The Old Gaffers, Vic Wilcox & Johnny Kimble, Devil's Footsteps, Storm UK, John Connor, Rumpus. See www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Crabshell%20Records%20Publications.html for full details.

And Another Topical Local CD Release (by Steve Banks) - John Smart's Bottle
Perhaps you caught one of the news item very recently about Napoleon Bonaparte's visit 200 years ago to Devon before being shipped off to exile in St Helena? Local Steve Banks (of The Carnival Band, Blue Jewel etc.) writes of his new CD:
"It brings to life Napoleon’s extraordinary visit to Brixham Quay on 24th July 1815, two hundred years ago. In 2012, John Risdon, the historian from Galmpton who helped me with the Dart Songs album, suggested a further collaboration, about the local history of the Napoleonic Wars, and the smuggling trade that went along with it. The central story was of Napoleon being brought to Brixham quay aboard the Belerophon (the “Billy Ruffian”) in July 1815, a few weeks after his defeat at Waterloo. There is an extraordinary real life account of this visit, through the eyes of one John Smart of Brixham, who, at 10 years old, was enjoying the special holiday to celebrate the Waterloo victory, down at Brixham quay with his mates Charlie and Dick Puddicombe, when they spied two ships of the line coming around Berry Head. The amazing drama that unfolded, is told in the title song of the album, John Smart’s Bottle."
The CD also has community involvement through The Old Gaffers, Maggie Duffy, and Brixham Folk Club. Well worth a listen to the sample tracks here www.bluejewel.info/john-smarts-bottle/john-smarts-bottle-listen-to-tracks.

Folk Song Clubs
I don't normally include any details of regular Folk Song Club singers'/musicans' nights in the Harberton Folk coverage area in my website and email listings. One very good reason for not doing so is that everything you could possibly need on this topic can always be found on www.flaxey-green.co.uk. However, Andy Clarke has sent the following to his email list ahead of the regular monthly club night for Totnes Folk Song Club tomorrow Thursday 8 October which I'm happy to reproduce:
"A special welcome to all the new people on the mailing list for Totnes folk club. The club is held on the second Thursday every month upstairs at the Dartmouth Inn Totnes starting at 8 ish and (usually) every other month is a guest performers or performers. I try to book people you may not have heard of but who deserve to be seen. There are other venue’s locally that do a great job of booking big names but the travelling troubadours who have (often) been around for a long time do not get the kind of recognition they deserve even though they give first class performances. We have had some superb guest performers over the years, many of which the audience just came along on spec, not sure what they were getting. So please do check out the video clips I put up of the performers we book and give the club your support, we can’t survive without you! We also have a great deal of talent amongst our floor singers and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for making the club a great night out. I can honestly say that our singers nights are really great fun and for a couple of quid you can’t really go wrong.
This coming Thursday 8th Oct is a singers night so if you fancy having a go, if you play Siberian nose flute whilst whistling Dixie or you strike the gay harp with a hammer or you just would like to use a song sheet to help you remember words….come along, upstairs at the Dartmouth Inn. 8pm-ish £3 non performers £2 performers.
Next month Sarah McQuaid www.sarahmcquaid.com/press-group-8.html."

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Lympstone Folk: A new addition to 'Folk (Song) Clubs' page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk -
2nd Wednesday of each month (except August), 9-11pm, Globe Inn, The Strand, Lympstone, EX8 5EY. Close to station and car park. Singers, musicians and audience welcome. Join the Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/130235653662071 for monthly reminder or contact Olly Davey, 01395 225075 for details.

Session News - New Session - Churchstow
A new regular first Thursday (8.15pm) of each month session, organised by John Connor, has started at the Church House Inn, Churchstow, the next will be on 1 October, and the first Thursday of each month thereafter.
John Connor also runs Open Mic sessions at the Dolphin Inn, Kingston. The next is on 25 September from 8pm - see www.facebook.com/dolphinopenmic.connor.1?fref=ts. Also occasional open mics at the Exeter Inn, Modbury.

More Session News - Axminster; Plymouth
According to a recent email circular from Tony Watts associated with his Acoustic Calendar For Wessex at http://sanchobramble.weebly.com:
2 x RIP
Axminster: Axminster Inn, Silver St EX13 5AH (01297 34947, Every Wednesday, 9pm. Open mic/acoustic session “Relatively quiet, but enjoyable!”
Not happening.
Plymouth: Bristol Castle, 6 Duncan Street (off Duke St.), Devonport PL1 4EP (01752 563155), Second Sunday of the month, 3pm. Folk music session. “I had a text from the organisers of the session at The Bristol Castle as I went to it occasionally.
That has finished, they are looking for another venue in the area but I think it will be a week night.” Greg.

Session news - Plymouth
According to a recent email circular from Tony Watts associated with his Acoustic Calendar For Wessex at http://sanchobramble.weebly.com:
NEW ADDITION - Plymouth: Bristol Castle, 6 Duncan Street (off Duke St.), Devonport PL1 4EP (01752 563155). Second Sunday of the month, 3pm. Folk music session. “Singers, musicians, all welcome. Friendly atmosphere. Experienced folk on hand. Beginners welcome. Refreshments.”

Along The Coleridge Way
Also received from Tony Watts - admittedly outside our cover area, but not too far away - an interesting project:
In October 2015, at 14 intimate concert venues along the route of The Coleridge Way, Award winning folk musicians Ange Hardy and Lukas Drinkwater present an exquisite evening of original music inspired by the life and work of the romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The tour starts on October 3 just across the road from Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey (Somerset), and ends on October 18 in the Lynmouth Pavilion. Full details
www.alongthecoleridgeway.co.uk.

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Exeter Corn Exchange - Diary Dates (not all folk, but some popular names, all on sale now)
Wednesday 11 November 7.30pm - Eddi Reader
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15416
Friday 13 November 7.30pm - Donovan
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15541
Saturday 23 January 2016 7.30pm - Elkie Brooks
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15428
Wednesday 24 February 2016 7.30pm - Fairport Convention
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15507
Wednesday 13 April 2016 8pm - John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15485
Monday 9 May 2016 7.30pm - The Fureys
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15520.

Session news - South Brent
Nothing new here, just reminders of various regular happenings in two pubs in this busy village:
The Oak
Folk music session – a folk music session to join in every Wednesday for adults from 8.30pm(ish);
Children’s folk night - 7.30-8.30pm on alternate Wednesdays in term time encourages young people to learn and enjoy playing instruments and singing
Folk at the Oak – Traditional music and song on the third Thursday of the month from 8.00pm(ish). FFI Mick Bramich on 01364 649339.
Pack Horse Inn
Mixed folk session - mainly a song session/‘sing around’ from around 8.30pm on alternate Tuesdays (8 & 22 September; 6 & 20 October): - Contact Eileen on 01364 73699 eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com.

Advance dates info for Folk Evenings at the Cross House Inn, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
"The following are the dates agreed with the landlord for us meet, greet, eat, drink, sing, play ....."
17 Oct, 7 Nov, 5 Dec, 9 Jan, 6 Feb, 5 Mar, 2 Apr
Monthly reminders will appear in these listings.

Session news (Plymouth)
This may well have been going for ages, but it's one I hadn't heard of:
Bristol Castle Pub, 6 Duncan Street (off Duke St.) Devonport, Plymouth PL1 4EP
Regular 2nd Sunday afternoon (3pm) folk music session, singers, musicians all welcome. Friendly atmosphere. Experienced folk on hand beginners welcome - refreshments. For contact details (Kathy) see www.flaxey-green.co.uk.
www.flaxey-green.co.uk provides extensive details of dozens of regular sessions happening across our area.

More session news, various, taken direct from Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates
(see http://sanchobramble.weebly.com for more details)
Discontinued: Exmouth: 11a Church Street (restaurant & bar) EX8 1PE (01395 223195); was Every Wednesday, 9pm. Open mic + jamming. Discontinued – premises now under new name and management.
New addition: Bishopsteignton: Red Rock Brewery, Higher Humber Farm TQ14 9TD (01626 879738) Every Thursday, 7.30pm. ‘Folk Club’. “Not really a club - and not JUST folk music. You can usually expect to play 2 sets - 3 songs overall - and the earlier you arrive, the sooner you play. Come as an individual, or a small group - bring friends and family - join in with others, make new friends. All genres - all levels - all instruments - just NO mic, and NO amps - totally acoustic.”
Revised entry: Sidmouth: The Marine, The Esplanade EX10 8BB (01395 513145, www.themarinesidmouth.com) Open mic: Alternate Fridays, from 9.30pm. Free entry. All welcome. In-house PA, mics and guitar available if required.

Outside our area, but sad news about a long-established West-Country folk club
Eileen Ann Moore writes:
Closure of the Acorn Folk Club
"The Acorn Folk Club was founded in Minehead, Somerset in 2002 by the late John Moore, and carried on from 2005 by his widow Eileen Ann with the help of Jim Parham and a willing team of volunteers. During these thirteen years nearly 100 outstanding and leading guests on the national and international folk scene have been hosted. The platform granted for regular and visiting talented floor spots has been well used, and a loyal and enthusiastic audience has been developed, earning the Acorn the reputation of "one of the best, if not the best, folk clubs around". Due to unforeseen circumstances it has been decided regrettably to close the Acorn Folk Club and so the new 14th season will not be starting on 6th September 2015 as previously planned. Eileen Ann and Jim have enjoyed running the club and meeting and hosting such a wide variety of people, whether professional or amateur performers or listeners, and have made lasting friendships. They would like to thank all who have contributed in any way in making the Acorn Folk Club the success it has been. EAM"

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings are on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk:
Sold out Thursday 10 September - Steve Knightley - Otterton Mill's final gig
Friday 18 September - Reg Meuross (plus Jess Vincent) - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter
Friday 25 September - Wren/Cygnet Double Bill: Simon Mayor & Hilary James with Marilyn Tucker & Paul Wilson - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter
Saturday 26 September - Fishermans Friends - Plymouth Pavilions
Sunday 27 September - Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting & Nancy Kerr - Brixham Theatre
Sunday 27 September - Polperro Fishermen’s Choir - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock
Sunday 11 October - Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers - Northcott Theatre, Exeter
Saturday 31 October - Martyn Joseph - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter
Tuesday 3 November - Ralph McTell - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter
Sunday 8 November - Cara Dillon - Tavistock Wharf
Wednesday 11 November - Eddi Reader - Exeter Corn Exchange
Sunday 15 November - Lau - Exeter Phoenix
Sunday 15 November - The Waterboys - Plymouth Pavilions
Saturday 21 November - Sharon Shannon Duo - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
Saturday 28 November - Martin Simpson - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock
Saturday 21 November - Sharon Shannon Duo - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
Thursday 10 December - St. Agnes Fountain - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot
Saturday 12 December - Fotheringay - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
Saturday 19 December - Seth Lakeman & Band - Plymouth Pavilions
Saturday 12 December - Fotheringay - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington

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Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club (late summer newsletter), Kingsteignton
Details of our next Featured Artist Events. These artists have a ¾ hour set at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions finishing, as we always have to, at 10.30pm. All other Mondays are normal open mic sessions. Entrance is still just £1 which includes a raffle ticket.
We are on target to donate another £1000 to Rowcroft Hospice Charity towards the end of the year.
17 August – The John White Band; 7 September – Verity Greenway; 21 September – Nine Pound Catfish; 12 October – Chris & Paul Woodhouse; 26 October – Cornelius Family; 23 November – Steve Buxton; 7 December – John Lockwood
Please visit our web page www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-warehouse-devon/108671222622739 for further information and performance videos.
We meet every Monday and always welcome artists/musicians to perform on any club night and we especially welcome visitors who come to listen to the performances.

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(More) Folk news slightly further afield:
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex - Compiled by Tony Watts. Monthly calendar with email updates mainly of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic (i.e. not concerts etc.); see www.sanchobramble.weebly.com for details. Tony's latest email update notes the following:
South Zeal (nr. Okehampton): King’s Arms EX20 2JP (01837 840300, Dave: 07792 259338,
www.drjams.co.uk). Second Monday of every month, 9pm till 11pm. Open mic. “Please note the Kings Arms Jam in South Zeal is moved back 1 week in August to make way for the [Dartmoor] folk festival.”

Folk news slightly further afield:
North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the next couple of months for this area can be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area.
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

Session updates - Bere Ferrers (near Yelverton): Old Plough PL20 7JL
According to Tony Watts'  latest email circular associated with his Acoustic Calendar For Wessex at
http://sanchobramble.weebly.com, the following now applies (Pub: 01822 840 358, contactus@theoldeploughinn.co.uk, Jane: 01822 841064):
Open mic: First Friday or Saturday of the month, 8.30pm.
Acoustic night: Third Sunday of the month, 8.30pm. Acoustic singers, instrumentalists and groups welcome (all styles).
Jam Session: Third & fourth Tuesday of the month, 8.30pm.

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Session News - Aveton Gifford
Third Thursday, Celtic / Irish folk session month. New musicians welcome or just come along to listen - we like an audience!! Tel 07793 636370. At the Fishermans Rest, Fore St, Aveton Gifford, Kingsbridge, TQ7 4JL tel 01548 550284
Comprehensive information about dozens of sessions across the area can be found on www.flaxey-green.co.uk.

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Devon Sessions Map on Flaxey Green
A useful map showing many of the regular pub sessions happening in Devon can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Sessions_map.html. This is not necessarily exhaustive and, as I know from my own earlier experience, notoriously difficult to keep up to date so do please take a look and let FG's Trevor know of any changes, additions etc.

Outside our coverage area (just), but easily accessible
I've also recently become aware of the following club, offering monthly guest / open stage nights, which I've now added to the 'Other links' section on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk: Culm Valley Music & Performance Club at Magelake Hall, Uffculme EX15 3DR. Close to M5 Jct 27, www.culmvalleymusicclub.co.uk.

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LIVE MUSIC ACT EXTENSION BRINGS INTO EFFECT
INCREASE IN AUDIENCE FOR UNLICENSED VENUES
The Live Music Act extension came into effect on the 6 April 2015 meaning that Venues with audiences of up to 500 people will benefit from this deregulation of live music. Changes to the Legislative Reform (Entertainment Licensing) Order 2014 mean a venue does not need a license to host live amplified music between 08:00 and 23:00 to audiences of up to 500 people. Live un-amplified music between 08:00 and 23:00 on any premises is unregulated along with the use of recorded music (to audiences of up to 500) during the same hours. Both live and recorded music may still become licensable if the licensing authority chooses following a licence review. This should be good news for small to medium size venues and musicians, however, there will always be the NIMBYS and those who wish to develop residential buildings close to existing live music venues to contend with.
(From The Jelli Note)

Kingsbridge - Crabshell Sessions R.I.P.
"Dear All, This is a very sad moment for me and probably for a lot of you. I have decided to end the 1st Thursday of the month Crabshell singing/music sessions. Although I am really pleased that Simon and the team at the pub are making such a success of the business, it really has become too far removed from the kind of venue that suits a session such as we all enjoy. I had considered doing this at the end of this year's winter season (ie May) but with the April session being so close to Easter this year, the pub will be heaving with an extra influx of visitors next week and I really can't face all the argy-bargy! With there only being the May session left it seems to make sense to call a halt now. I thank everyone who has supported the session over these past many years (can't remember actually how many!) and I for one have enjoyed the opportunity to have such great evenings of wonderful singing and cameraderie. There are other sessions in the surrounding area (see www.flaxey-green.co.uk) that would be very happy to see new singers so I hope you all continue singing, and I shall no doubt see you somewhere. If you know someone who may want to know this, Please spread the word to any interested parties who may not see this email. Love and all good wishes for the future from Brenda Burnside."

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Folk Club Map
"This could be a really useful resource but it will rely on a community effort to keep it up to date. Have a look at: www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zV_JF5o4YYCs.k5CBvD6DMEsI and, if your club or session isn't there, why not add it?"
[An interesting item gleaned from Steve Cunio's latest 'Sadfolk' (Somerset & Dorset Folk) email circular - see www.sadfolk.co.uk to sign up. I'll be adding the Folk Club Map link to the Links page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.]

Shammick Acoustic in North Devon
Shammick Acoustic's full programme of guest and open nights for 2015 is now available on
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk.

Feature: Bradninch
Google Earth tells me Bradninch (2 miles SW of Cullompton) is just within my fairly arbitrarily, and loosely, defined coverage area - "30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes", so here we go...
Bradninch Folk Club www.bradninchevents.org/groups/bradninch-folk-club
Bradninch Folk Club meets on 1st Tuesday (club nights) of the month at the White Lion and on the 3rd Tuesday at the Castle Hotel (guest nights). Coming up:
Tuesday 21 October 8pm - Alex Kumar - Castle Hotel, Bradninch
Exceptional and special, Alex has the spirit and songbook of Dylan and his muse Woody Guthrie to back's his own original song writing. His appearance is as the result of a floor spot he did at the Club in February this year. He was spellbinding then in his performance. True to the promise “With a voice that can only be described as other-worldy, he has the rare ability to captivate and silence an entire room with his mesmeric presence.” Support: visiting and local performers. Entry £4 door. Gerard Edwards 01392 881105.
Bradninch Acoustic Music Club www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
generally has Club nights the second Wednesday of each month, plus some guest nights. Coming up:
Friday 31 October - Jamie Smith's Mabon - The Guildhall, Bradninch
A one-off Extra Special Club night at The Guildhall starring the amazing Jamie Smith's Mabon, for those of you who have seen them they need no introduction,for those who haven’t then this is a big treat to see one of Europe’s finest Festival Bands on tour and stopping off at our little club to do a show. Tickets will be around £10 with concessions to club members and supporters. More details nearer the time. www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
Wednesday 12 November - Club Night - So all floor singers come along and have a good blast.
Wednesday 10 December - Phil Beer and Paul Downes - guests for Xmas Club night at The Guildhall. Tickets £10. Wow what a night.
Bradninch also holds a popular music festival in June, see what happened this year:
www.bradninchevents.org/bradninch-music-festival

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Interesting history of folk sessions in Totnes (from the 1980s to date)
I'm not sure how long it's been there - I've only just happened on it - but a history of folk sessions in various Totnes pubs, compiled by Mick Bramich (with input from others), can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Session_History.html.

Replacement East Devon Music Diary
The page entitled "Richie's East Devon Music Diary" on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk was a multi-genre listing originating from Richie Evans who was unfortunately unable to continue offering his service as of 6/8/14. Fortunately the reins have been taken over by Rachel Cockell who invites interested parties to join her email circulation providing a monthly PDF download (and occasional updates). Contact Rachel at exmouthgigguide@gmail.com to be included. Rachel's Gig Guide will also be available to download from www.harbertonfolk.co.uk - September available now.

Feature: Crabshell Records, Kingsbridge
Crabshell Records is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association. Their cause is to support and encourage traditionally based music played in the area. They can offer a complete CD production service to talented, unsigned musicians who sing and play locally - often in aid of local charities. To enable promotion and sales of your music your CDs will have high quality presentation but at low cost. Their own catalogue currently includes CDs by Vic Wilcox, John Connor, Bull Pitch, Iowa 4, Rumpus, The Old Gaffers, The Storm UK, The Crabshell Concerts 2005-2012. See full details of all CDs and the production services at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Crabshell%20Records%20Publications.html.

A publication recommended by a Harberton Folk subscriber
"Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs by JP Bean (see www.amazon.co.uk/Singing-Floor-History-British-Clubs/dp/0571305458) (available as paperback or for Kindle). It has a few notable omissions but it is a very familiar evocation of the time. JR"

Some folk information sources for neighbouring areas
(Unfortunately I'm not aware of general folk information resource for Cornwall - Does anyone else know of anything?)
Shammick Acoustic - Includes website
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk listings of regular and special events in North Devon and West Somerset.
Sadfolk - Comprehensive coverage of folk events in Somerset & Dorset - website
www.sadfolk.co.uk and associated weekly email udpates.
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex - Monthly calendar with email updates of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic (i.e. not concerts etc.); see
www.sanchobramble.weebly.com for details.
And included by special request of the venue, a mention for the
Electric Palace in Bridport - in case you fancy venturing for a day out further along the Jurassic Coast -
www.electricpalace.org.uk - presenting some quality folk concerts, some featuring an act's only West Country gig; current programme includes: 23/4 Moulettes; 30/4 Fureys & Davey Arthur; 2/5 Dave Swarbrick & Friends; 15/5 Bella Hardy; 31/5 Sam Lee & Friends

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Feature: Milverton Music Club
Somewhat distant but perhaps of interest to those in the NW of our coverage area, the Club has regular open mic sessions on the 1st Friday of every month except August, plus occasional guest nights, and meets at the Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU (N of Wellington) www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page2.html. 2014 guest nights:
Friday 18 July - Coope, Boyes & Simpson
Friday 17 October - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

On Exeter's Phonic FM 106.8 and online www.phonic.fm Mondays 6-8pm
Roots and Shoots with Martin Henning
The best in global and local music. Frequent live sessions from talented local and visiting musicians. See the show’s website http://rootsandshootsdevon.blogspot.co.uk. 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays of each month | Jan 20 | Feb 3, 17 | Mar 3, 17, 31 | etc.
Common Ground with Martin Hodge - new in 2014
Exploring the rich folk music, songs and traditions of the West Country and the rest of the UK with occasional forays abroad. With informative and entertaining guests including some live music. Contact Martin via www.facebook.com/groups/commongroundonphonicfm/?fref=ts or email martin@phonic.fm. 2nd Monday of each month | Feb 10 | Mar 10 | etx.
Shenanigans with Karen and Kat
Shenanigans is presented by two chin-wagging musos with a weakness for caffeine. We will be playing indie, alternative, new wave and folk….finding those tracks you might not have heard but we know you will love! 4th Monday of each month | Jan 27 | Feb 24 | Mar 24 | etc.

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'South Devon Arts Centre' in Totnes
This not-for-profit community arts venue (whose patrons and friends include Jools Holland, Bob Harris and Sir Richard Branson) already has a massive programme lined up of top-class music of many genres, comedy, cabaret, theatre etc. and all ticketing details can be found at www.southdevonarts.co.uk. SDAC is located at The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map) and has a maximum seated capacity of 190 (ground floor 110, gallery balcony 80), or 200 standing capacity ground floor. Plenty of free parking available close by. Licensed bar.

North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the above area can always be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').

Folk news slightly further afield:
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area. Steve who runs this has over 800 contacts on his list.
North Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - website listings
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

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Note to (potential) contributors - and readers:
The frequency of these e-circulars varies anywhere from approx. weekly up to fortnightly, driven essentially by work and personal priorities. Therefore, to give your event the best possible chance of inclusion (unless I forget! - has happened very occasionally), try to get your information to me at least a month in advance, preferably using the standard format I employ for most entries - see below - and preferably with a max. length of 50 to 75 words. Otherwise I have to edit text down to a reasonable length, and editing takes time! A Myspace (or similar) web link for music samples is a good idea too.

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1-2-1 Melodeon Tuition
Ed Rennie, lead tutor with the Devon Squeezebox Foundation, is currently teaching melodeon to a number of people on a 1-2-1 basis at their homes. The advantage from the students' point of view is the courses are tailored to their needs and progress at their pace and they get to stay at home in the warm and dry and Ed does all the running about in the cold and dark! Ed has a number of students he visits once a month in the West Dartmoor/Plymouth area (Mary Tavy to Saltash). He has capacity to take on some more students in the area, so if you would be interested to learn the melodeon at home with Ed, give him a shout at devonsqueezebox@hotmail.co.uk. Melodeon hire also available.

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A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf

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New folk festival listing website
www.ukfolkfestivals.co.uk "tries to list almost every folk music festival in the UK" [and seems to do quite a good job]

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An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"

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A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

'Virus' warnings - Chain emails (e.g. petrol prices) - Please avoid them
With 1400+ email contacts, if there's junk going around I usually see quite a few examples of it. If you receive a chain email, such as those that warn of a terrible virus circulating which will destroy your hard disk, do please take a moment to check before forwarding it to your entire address book. Pick out a couple of salient words and put them into Google, e.g. "olympic torch email", and you'll soon see that they are invariably hoaxes, simply designed to further clog up email servers across the globe. And whilst possibly originally well intentioned, the petrol price emails doing the rounds have essentially been around since 1999 - see http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_gas_boycott_2006.htm and read the analysis/comments.

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Other interesting local music links
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary www.plyclassical.co.uk - Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth, plus some jazz and folk, including Harberton Folk's events.
Plymouth Music Accord www.plymouthmusicaccord.co.uk - Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues, and Plymouth Folk Festival (who have a brand new, smart website).
'Off topic' but we'll mention a couple of other local live music sources for different genres:
Totnes Early Music Society www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk - fairly self-explanatory

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MailChimp 'Final Confirmation' text

Welcome to the Harberton Folk Email Circulation

Many thanks for joining our free and confidential service which currently has over 1500 subscribers.
Please email me, John Culf, at johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk to tell me how you found out about the website / email circulation as I'm really interested to know how the word spreads. Thank you.

If your are a Gmail user, please note that Gmail may put the circulars in the 'Promotions' folder rather than 'Primary' or 'Social' if your Gmail is set up to show all three Inbox folders.

A new e-circular is usually sent every 7-14 days which will contain a selection of reminders and newly notified events, all extracted from the open-ended Folk Diary on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk (the 'website') listing all known folk concerts etc. for the area, along with details of folk clubs, ceilidhs and much more. Recent circulars and a developing draft of the next circular can also be found on the website.

All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey.

The circulation covers events happening over an area extending about 30 miles from Totnes as the crow flies in all landward directions, roughly the southern half of Devon in other words. The information is gleaned from various sources including certain venues' own emailing lists, my own website trawls and - last but importantly not least - input from you. If you know of an event that's not in the website Diary, do let me know, and the more notice you can give the better.

Here's a collection of links that may be of interest; many more can be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk (please tell me if you find any broken links anywhere):

Folk clubs
Brixham Folk Club - www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk/brixham-folk-club
Folk on the Moor, Lee Mill, near Ivybridge -
www.moorfolk.co.uk

Seaton - Jurassic Folk & Jam - www.jurassicfolkandjam.com
Teignmouth Folk Club - www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Devon%20Folk/Song/Teingmouth_Folk_Club.html
Topsham Folk Club, near Exeter - www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk
East Devon Folk: www.eastdevonfolk.org - Information about various folk clubs, sessions and more in East Devon and beyond

Venues/organisations offering folk concerts (some more occasional than others)
Calstock - Calstock Arts -
www.calstockarts.org
Exeter - Barnfield Theatre www.barnfieldtheatre.co.uk
Exeter - Phoenix Arts Centre -
www.exeterphoenix.org.uk
Otterton Mill, near Budleigh Salterton - www.ottertonmill.com/musiclistings.asp
Newton Abbot - Kingskerswell parish church - www.worldunlimited.co.uk
Teignmouth - Teignmouth Folk Concerts - www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk
Totnes - South Devon Arts Centre - www.southdevonarts.co.uk

Informational sites
Flaxey Green: www.flaxey-green.co.uk - Masses of information about local performers, bands, gigs, events, folk clubs... and much more... throughout South Devon and beyond. Flaxey Green particularly gives excellent information about two areas that Harberton Folk does not cover: Pub Sessions and Folk Dance Clubs.
Harberton Folk: www.harbertonfolk.co.uk - Our own site, again with extensive, regularly updated listings for southern Devon

Devon Folk: www.devonfolk.co.uk - Devon Folk ("What's Afoot") folk listings, dance clubs, song clubs etc. across the county
Villages In Action:
www.villagesinaction.co.uk - Scheme covering 5 of 7 district council areas in Devon which helps bring quality professional performances including some folk events and participatory workshops at affordable prices to communities through a network of local promoters
Somerset & Dorset Folk (Sadfolk): www.sadfolk.co.uk - Gateway to regular emailed folk information for Somerset and Dorset, including The David Hall at South Petherton and Bridgwater Arts Centre with regular major folk names, not too far from the east of our coverage area.

Acoustic Calendar for Wessex: An amazing "Guide to folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic" which essentially covers Somerset and Dorset, but also bits of all surrounding counties. Read more and/or download the full Calendar at www.folkmusicsomerset.co.uk/somerset_folk_diary.php. Also available by email subscription.

Folk on radio / internet
Folk on the BBC - A range of network (Mark Radcliffe on Radio 2: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01phglj), national (Radio Wales, Scotland etc.) and regional folk programmes from the BBC is available online (see www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/genres/music/folk/player), and through iPlayer for up to 7 days after broadcast. A good example of a BBC weekly regional folk programme is Johnny Coppin on BBC Gloucestershire: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/radio/bbc_radio_gloucestershire

The Mike Harding Folk Show
The former BBC presenter now has his own show online (current and archives dating back to January 2013) at www.mikehardingfolkshow.com.

UK Folk Music www.ukfolkmusic.co.uk - an online resource whose output for a period included a monthly version of Folkwaves, the excellent folk music programme hosted by Mick Peat and Lester Simpson, formerly broadcast on BBC Radio Derby until the BBC dropped it in 2011. Listen at www.ukfolkmusic.co.uk/magazine/category/folkwaves.

The Music Well (formerly Radio Britfolk) www.themusicwellhome.co.uk is an online resource dedicated to folk. Extensive billboard and new releases playlists offer pure no-chat music, plus many archived programmes offer a wide listening choice.

Locally, Dartington's Soundart Radio 102.5 FM also webstreams at www.soundartradio.org.uk (or www.myspace.com/soundartfm). The schedule, which usually includes Merlin's weekly folk and roots programme Weds 8.30-10pm, is available on the website.
Exeter-based Phonic FM 106.8 and streaming online at www.phonic.fm includes a 'Roots and Shoots' programme (Mons 6-8pm).

 

NEXT Harberton Folk Circular - ??day ?? April 2016
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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